Iran’s Zarif, High-Ranking Military, Security Officials Due in Pakistan Wednesday
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Iranian Foreign Ministry announced that the country’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will pay a visit to Pakistan, heading a group of high-ranking political, military, law enforcement and security officials.
The ministry’s spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Tuesday that Zarif plans to hold talks with the eastern neighboring country’s officials on ways to counter terrorist groups, particularly along the joint border areas.
Zarif will pursue the recent terrorist attack against Iranian border guards serving on the country’s southeastern frontier.
Zarif would also hold talks with senior Pakistani officials on ways to maintain security along joint borders and prevent terrorist groups from infiltrating into the country.
Earlier, Iran’s Foreign Ministry had summoned Pakistan’s ambassador to Tehran over an attack on an Iranian border post that killed 9 troops last Wednesday.
Qassemi said at the time that the Pakistani ambassador has been summoned to the ministry to voice protest at the cross-border attack launched from inside Pakistan.
The raid, claimed by the so-called Jaish al-Adl Takfiri terrorist group, killed 9 Iranian troops in a border post in Mirjaveh, at the southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan.
According to Qassemi, the Pakistani envoy was notified of Iran’s protest at the incident, and was told that Tehran strongly expects Islamabad to take “serious and substantial” measure to arrest and punish assailants.
On Thursday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani sent a letter to Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif, calling on Islamabad to prosecute and bring to justice perpetrators of the attack.